The Chicago Area Fee-Only Financial Advisors Network:
Helping you find the best local financial planner for YOU

If you are in the market for a financial planner, finding an expert who understands you and your needs can seem like a daunting task. Where should you start? How do you know if the advisor you are considering is both ethical and highly qualified? How can you find the advisor who is best for YOU?

If you live in or near Chicago, Illinois, this task just got easier.

About the Chicago Area Fee-Only Financial Advisors Network

The Chicago Area Fee-Only Financial Advisors Network is a consortium of financial planning experts who have qualifications, experience and credentials that exceed those of most financial advisors. Even though each of us is an independent business owner, we know, respect and enjoy exchanging ideas with each other.

We also understand that every client—and every financial advisor—is different. Through this consortium, we seek to help you find the expert who best meets YOUR needs.

Our commitment to you

As members of the Chicago Area Fee-Only Financial Advisors Network, we are united by the commitment to provide our clients with the highest quality advice and service possible. This means we:

  • Are all registered with the SEC or the state of Illinois as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)
  • Are fee-only financial advisors
  • Adhere to strict business standards
  • Have a fiduciary duty to act at all times in the best interests of our clients
  • Have extensive experience in investment, tax, and retirement planning
  • Maintain our primary offices in Chicago and the Metro area

 

Membership in the network is by invitation only, and inclusion is decided by a majority of the existing members.

This means you can be sure that the financial advisors listed here provide you with a real choice.

You can also be sure that each of us is committed to serving the Greater Chicago community, maintaining the highest standards of education and training, and serving you ethically and responsibly. To learn more about each of us—and to obtain our individual contact information—please click on one or more of the following pictures.

Mark Smith, CFP®

Mark Smith, CFP®

Smith Financial Advisors Inc.
Cheryl Krueger, CFP®, FSA

Cheryl Krueger, CFP®, FSA

Growing Fortunes Financial Partners, LLC
Joseph J. Alotta, CFP®

Joseph J. Alotta, CFP®

Open Door Investment Advisors, Inc.
Bob Gerstemeier, MBA, CFP®, EA

Bob Gerstemeier, MBA, CFP®, EA

Gerstemeier Financial Group, LLC
Brenda Knox, CFP®, AIF®

Brenda Knox, CFP®, AIF®

Financial Elements, Inc.
John S. Davis, CFP®

John S. Davis, CFP®

Mentor Capital Management, Inc.
Lois Basil, CFP®

Lois Basil, CFP®

Basil Financial Group
Daniel B. Carey, CFP®

Daniel B. Carey, CFP®

Mentor Capital Management, Inc.
Elizabeth Buffardi, CFP®

Elizabeth Buffardi, CFP®

Crescendo Financial Planners, Inc.